Thursday 13 December 2018

Culture vulture - What not to miss this week


Rufus Wainwright. Photo: Getty Images
Rufus Wainwright. Photo: Getty Images

Ed Power

The musical - Hairspray

Camp and wacky musical, adapted from the even camper and wackier 1988 John Waters movie. The film belly-flopped on release but has since built a cult audience drawn to its tale of teen angst in 1962 Baltimore (the one on the American Eastern Seaboard, rather than overlooking Sherkin Island).

From Monday, BGE Theatre, Dublin

The gig - Rufus Wainwright

Pianoman Wainwright has stepped away from pop to focus on operas, a move partly motivated by the commercial underperformance - as he perceived it - of his Mark Ronson-produced 2012 album Out of the Game. But he's back for a trek down memory lane with a show celebrating his first two albums, 1998's self-titled debut and its rhapsodic 2002 follow-up, Poses.

Monday, Cork Opera House, Tuesday, NCH Dublin

The movie - Yellow Submarine

So weird it freaked even the hippies a little, this Beatles animated vehicle from 1968 is re-released to mark its 50th anniversary. The animation is sub-Monty Python and the story makes no sense. The tunes aren't terrible, either.

Sunday, Palais, Galway

The podscast - Dead Rock Stars

They don't make bad boys (and girls) like they used to - as we are reminded with this bean-spilling recounting of the adventures of the music gods of yesteryear, hosted by rock journalists Mick Wall and Joel McIver. Smashed hotel rooms and back-stage parties are just the beginning of the craziness in a pod that captures the absurdity and excitement of old school rock 'n' roll.

The TV show - Warning: This Drug May Kill You

This gruelling documentary tracks the wildfire spread of the opioid epidemic through the United States, looking at the lives ruined and the vast profits reaped by drugs companies.

Wednesday, 10.05pm, Sky Atlantic

Warning: This Drug May Kill You
Warning: This Drug May Kill You

The boxset - Anne with an E

Adapted from early 20th century children's classic Anne of Green Gables, the Netflix hit returns for a second series, with Donegal-born actress Amybeth McNulty as the heroine.

Available now on Netflix

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